- Former president Jacob Zuma has a new dream team of legal minds to defend him when he goes to court on Friday
- Reports indicate that Zuma will be represented by four senior advocates and one junior council member when he steps into the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Friday
- Zuma’s deal with the government to pay his legal fees only covers the costs of one senior and two junior legal council members, the rest of the costs are thought to be covered by the Gupta family
Former president Jacob Zuma is due to appear in the Pietermaritzburg High Court again on Friday and for the first time in around ten years, he will have a brand new legal team. Zuma will reportedly be represented by four senior advocates and one junior legal councillor during the proceedings.
This new legal team will cost between R160,000 and R300,000 per day and raises the matter of who exactly is paying the legal bill.
While Zuma does have a (very contentious and currently under-threat) deal with the Presidency to cover his legal costs, the Presidency has already confirmed that it would only cover the costs of one senior advocate and two junior legal councillors.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Zuma will be represented by Advocates Dawie Joubert, Mike Hellens, Thabani Masuku and Muzi Sikhakhane while Sikhakhane’s son Mpilo is believed to be getting ready to serve as junior councel in the matter.
Joubert and Hellens are according to a report by Citizen.co.za employed by the Guptas’ and have served the family on many previous occasions. Both are currently representing Zuma’s son Duduzane Zuma.
Sikhakhane previously defended disgraced Judge President John Hlophe and former SABC strongman Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
Zuma fired his long-time personal lawyer Michael Hulley earlier last month after issues surrounding future payments of Zuma’s legal fees arose.
Zuma has since then appointed Dan Mantsha as his personal legal representative. Mantshe has a chequered past and was once struck from the attorney’s roll. He is also believed to be one of the loyalist of Gupta foot soldiers.
The former president is facing legal challenges from the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) who are both separately challenging his deal with the Presidency to pay his legal fees.
Zuma is not expected to go onto full trial for his current charges until at least November, experts have guestimated that his legal fees during the trial could conceivably exceed R7 million.
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